My article’s up at the Star Ledger.
Archives for October 2007
Maverick French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his beautiful wife Cecilia are doing a most American thing: something so American the Americans themselves haven’t caught up yet.
They are divorcing while he is in office.
Rather than remain in a marriage of convenience for the sake of Appereances, the way Bill and Hillary, and Mitterand, and Chirac, and so many others in power have, when their marriage ended, the Sarkos are ending it “by mutual consent.”
Sarko has a reputation as a ladies’ man, and Cecilia ran off with her boyfriend two years ago. For a while there they did the French thing and got back together. Now they are divorcing.
The French are indignant that the Sarkos are being honest with themselves and with the public:
Noël Mamère, France’s other bushy mustached American hating globophobe (who spends his time arranging illegal marriages for criminals), declares that “It’s time to close the book on the Americanisation of French public life”.
Investor’s Business Daily examines the CNN “investigation”:
Muhammad and Malvo, now in prison in Virginia, still managed to kill 10 and wound three — including an elementary school kid shot in the back — while paralyzing the nation’s capital for three full weeks.
The jailhouse drawings of the younger sniper, Malvo, tell it all:
– One sketch of Osama bin Laden exalts him as a “Servant of Allah.”
– A self-portrait of him and Muhammad is captioned: “We will kill them all. Jihad . . . Allah Akbar!”
– A sketch of the burning Twin Towers has as its caption: “America did this. You were warned.”
– A poem scribbled alongside an American flag and star of David drawn in cross hairs reads: “Our minarets are our bayonets, Our mosques are our baracks, Our believers are our soldiers.”
– The Quran (Surah 2:190) is quoted as follows: “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you and slay them wherever ye catch them.” Also: “Islam the only true guidance.”
– The White House is drawn in cross hairs, surrounded by missiles, with the warning: “Sep. 11 we will ensure will look like a picnic to you,” and “you will bleed to death little by little.”
– Another warning reads: “Islam. We will Resist. We will conquer. We will win.”
Somehow CNN’s “special investigations unit” managed to overlook this pile of courtroom evidence. It showed only one drawing — a self portrait of Malvo shedding tears.
CNN maintains that Malvo, an alleged victim of negligent parents, now has remorse for his victims — even though he wrote in one notebook: “They all died and they all deserved it. We will not stop. This war will not end until you are all destroyed utterly.”
CNN also omitted the fact that while Muhammad and Malvo were in county jail awaiting trial, their lawyers insisted they be fed Islamic “halal” meals, such as veggie burgers, instead of ham sandwiches. They also got copies of the Quran.
According to Knight Ridder and others reporting at the time, the director of a shelter where the two men stayed for a spell in Washington state tipped off the FBI that Muhammad “might be a terrorist.”
That incident mysteriously disappeared from an interview that CNN host Soledad O’Brien conducted with the same source for the special.
As with the CNN excercise in moral equivalence in its God’s Warriors series, CNN continues to show which side they’re on.
The New Republic (who disgraced itself with the Scott Thomas Beauchamp story) has an excellent article by Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Bolivian Myths: What Do the Bolivian People Really Want:
After talking to Bolivians from all walks of life in areas ranging from the rural outskirts of Santa Cruz, in the east, to Cochabamba, in the highlands, and from the jungles of Chapare to Tiwanaku, the site of an ancient citadel peopled by indigenous Bolivians, I am persuaded that Morales’ government is ruling based on myths. Those myths need to be exposed before other Andean countries where ethnic and social divisions are also abrasive follow suit.
- The greatest myth is that Bolivia’s population is alien to Western culture imposed by 300 years of colonial rule and two centuries of republican life.
- The second myth pursued by Morales is that Bolivians want communal property.
- Another myth is that the regions calling for local autonomy want to break away from Bolivia.
- One last myth is that the nationalization of natural gas in the southeastern lowlands will liberate the indigenous population.
As they say, read the whole thing.
I’m tied up with work this morning (and will post about that in the near future) but for now I invite you to listen to last night’s podcast with James Joyner of Outside the Beltway, Ed Morrissey of Captain’s Quarters and Siggy of Sigmund, Carl and Alfred
On Tuesday night Siggy and I discussed Is Iran a proxy for Russia?
Please also read Christopher Hitchens’s review of Andrew Roberts’s book A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900. Hitchens’s review is titled An Anglosphere Future: How a shared tradition of ideas and values—not bloodlines—can be a force for liberty
Nonetheless, properly circumscribed, the idea of an “Anglosphere” can constitute something meaningful. We should not commit the mistake of “thinking with the blood,” as D. H. Lawrence once put it, however, but instead emphasize a certain shared tradition, capacious enough to include a variety of peoples and ethnicities and expressed in a language—perhaps here I do betray a bias—uniquely hostile to euphemisms for tyranny. In his postwar essay “Towards European Unity,” George Orwell raised the possibility that the ideas of democracy and liberty might face extinction in a world polarized between superpowers but that they also might hope to survive in some form in “the English-speaking parts of it.” English is, of course, the language of the English and American revolutions, whose ideas and values continue to live after those of more recent revolutions have been discredited and died.
More blogging later!
says the NYT
“Turkey obviously feels they are getting poked in the eye over something that happened a century ago, and maybe this isn’t a good time to be doing that,” said Representative Allen Boyd, a Florida Democrat who dropped his sponsorship of the resolution Monday night.
Mind you, Congress has waited decades for this gesture over the Armenian Genocide; the Ottoman Empire committed genocide nearly a century ago, for decades the Turkish government has spent millions of dollars trying to obscure that fact, and Nancy Pelosi and the Dems in Congress wait until now to bring up a resolution.
Where was Nancy when Bill Clinton also worked to block an Armenian genocide resolution from passing the House? (h/t Sister Toldjah) She’s been in Congress since 1987. Why wait 20 years?
Where’s Nancy when her friend Assad wreaks havoc in Lebanon – now, not a hundred years ago?
But back to the genocide resolution:
I will grant that the killings of many Armenians was particularly heinous and worthy of all kinds of condemnation, but calling it genocide in the US Congress is a foolish attempt to make Nancy and some others feel good. She claims we must do this now before the last survivors die, but the damage done to our operations in the entire region will be huge. The loss of Turkey as a transport hub alone would force us to use more dangerous paths to get 70% of our supplies to Iraq, and that would certainly cause more US deaths.
Second, the business of Congress isn’t to make sweeping historical indictments, regardless of whether they have their information correct or not. This Congress hasn’t even produced its first funding bill for FY2008, even though we are now at Day 17 of the calendar. Instead of issuing resolutions about the real or imagined crimes of a government from 90 years ago, it should be focusing on meeting its Constitutional obligations now. It’s not the timing of the bill that’s objectionable as much as it is the waste of time it represents for a Congress that has much more pressing business on its agenda.
If Nancy Pelosi and Tom Lantos want to take down U.S. policy in Iraq to tag George Bush with the failure, they should have the courage to walk through the front door to do it. Bringing the genocide resolution to the House floor this week would put a terrible event of Armenia’s past in the service of America’s bitter partisanship today. It is mischievous at best, catastrophic at worst, and should be tabled.
Yet another example of Madame as a ‘Brilliant Political Tactician’.
In the real world, however, the present-day Turks are doing some muscle-flexing of their own.
Ed Morrissey calls it The Nancy Pelosi Invasion:
It goes without saying that we would have had more influence on the situation in Turkey had Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress made themselves the arbiter of the Armenian genocide of 1915. If the troops cross the border, we can thank Pelosi and her colleagues for reducing our ability to avoid a shooting war that could cost thousands of lives here and now.
Let’s see if this item on Wounded Warrior care gets anywhere the mileage the Walter Reed horror stories got last year.
[Video] If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, and Petition for A Unified Jerusalem
A White Christmas in Mecca? Somehow I Doubt It
“Your Wish Is My Command!”